Rock Singer Catches Suspected Cat Burglar

Jeff Tucker
Jeff Tucker
Double Tree Alana Waikiki Hotel
Double Tree Alana Waikiki Hotel
Rock band "Rock Kills Kid"
Rock band "Rock Kills Kid"

by Joann Shin

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - The lead singer of a rock band is allegedly robbed while sleeping in his Waikiki hotel room. Then, he wakes up and catches the suspect himself.

But what's surprising about this story, is that the whole thing began outside the hotel - five stories above ground.

The alleged criminal had apparently scaled the building. The suspect is 20 year old Brandon Riester. He remains in police custody.

He allegedly robbed a couple from Los Angeles. One of the victims was the lead singer of the rock band "Rock Kills Kid", who was in town performing at a weekend concert in Waikiki.

Jeff Tucker can finally enjoy his vacation. That's after he came face to face with a man trying to rob him in his own hotel room.

It happened around 5:30 Sunday morning at the Double Tree Alana Waikiki hotel.

"The first thing I saw when I opened my eyes was some guy staring at me," said Tucker.

The alleged thief got in by climbing onto their balcony on the 5th floor. The balcony door was unlocked.

Tucker explained, "He took my wallet with my i.d., credit cards, my girlfriend's credit cards, all the money, and my phone."

Seconds later, the suspect fled the room.

Jeff called his manager Rodney for help.

They found the suspect in the hallway on the 6th floor, knocking on the doors.

According to Tucker, "Right when we walked up to him, a guy opened up the door and said, 'Who the heck is knocking on my door?' "

The two confronted the man and found Jeff's rare pack of cigarettes which linked him to the theft.

But the suspect got away again- out of the hotel.

Tucker says he bolted out of the hotel and turned on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and ran three more blocks.

Eventually, the victims caught up to the thief and held him down until police arrived.

"This is a nice place obviously. It's not the place, there's bad people everywhere you go. You just have to be careful," said Tucker.

The suspect could be restricted from going into Waikiki, under a program that aims to protect tourists.